Zoomer44


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Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:34

I use a stabilo marker pen and dip them in neat bleach for a couple of days, comes off no probs. 

Beans

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:23

my wigwam blew over last yr and the beans got conjested at the top so I'm growing in a row this yr.

Too late to plant potatoes?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 19:53

Sorry for not getting back sooner - Mooresthemerrier.

I did grow spuds in bags and was never disappointed. Grown them in the ground for past 2yrs. Spuds like seaweed which can be mixed in with the compost if planting in bags or put in the bottom of the trench if planting in the ground. All my 1st/2nd earlies flowered last year, not sure if it was the varieties or the seaweed.  

If you can get seaweed, it makes a good mulch as you earth up or can simply be scattered on top of the ridge of your spuds.    

Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 19:35

Sorry for not getting back sooner.

Yes, pansyface they do look like that. Thanks for the link, it tells you how to deal with the problem. I didn't see any aphids though or ants but that's not to say they aren't there.

I'll carry on taking off the affected leaves as they appear.  

Chilli plant is looking rather ill

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 18:53

Are you opening the door and vents in the GH. This will bring down the temperature.

Increasing the humidity will also bring it down. I watered the gravel path in mine today and the temp dropped by 5 degree's.  

Also closing the door, early evening as the temp starts dropping will keep some heat in the GH over night so the temp doesn't drop so low.

Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 21:02

I don't have a picture but new shoots on my red and white currant bushes have started to go bubbly with orange/brown markings and making the leaves start to shrivel. There doesn't look to be any grubs on the leaves. I've picked the affected shoots off.

The black currant and gooseberry bush which grow close by are ok.- Q is what could be causing it?

 

out of control kids and their parents

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 22:30

Hi, Franko. It can be very annoying but helps if the parents are respectful of other peoples property.

My current neighbours have small children who play football in the garden but when the ball comes over the fence, mum tells them they'll have to wait now until Zoomer throws it back. Initally there were floods of tears but they were told not to kick the ball so high and play nicer. Their ball seldom comes over now.  

I did buy the children water pistols one Christmas for use if my cat went into their garden but the rule was she had to be in their garden and not just walking on the fence, acknowledging I didn't want her pooing on their plants. They weren't unkind to her and she eventually learned to poke her head through a gap in the fence when they would come and stroke her.    

After a ball hit my car due to children playing football at the top of the street, I talked to one of the mother's explaining I didn't mind them playing football but if at home and car parked outside would move it round the corner but could one of them knock on my door so it could be moved...no probs. They were often very plesant when I came home from work and say if they were going in so I'd park outside the house.

Sometime's you need to think outside the box and be prepared to be flexible. 

Too late to plant potatoes?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 20:50

If your spuds have short purple growths they should be ok but if the growths are long, white and spindly you will struggle to cover them without breaking the growth.

In the latter case, white and spindly, if you can still purchase seed spuds from a local GC, I'd get new one's. These can go straight in the ground and will produce a later crop. 

You take your chances, they may produce a good crop but don't be disappointed if they don't, view it as a learning curve .

work in progress

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 20:17

Looks like you'll have a productive plot this year 

Weather doesn't seem to have been as kind on this side of the country. A lot of plot holders started planting out a few weeks ago and were caught with late frosts.

 

Online Course

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 19:23

Haven't done any courses relating to gardening online but followed your link and it sounds really good, well worth checking out.

 

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